>>Once again, congratulations NWTC class of
2011. I’m honored to speak to you tonight as a fellow NWTC alumnus. I’d like to share
a little bit of my story with you to let you know how NWTC has personally touched my life.
My family fled our home country of Laos after the Vietnam era. I was born in a refugee camp
in Thailand. My family came to this country in 1979. My parents spoke very little English
and were not active in any part of my education. I married young and was a single parent by
the time I started college at NWTC as a returning adult. I stand before you today as a past
graduate because of generous scholarship donors and because of our alumni members who selflessly
and tirelessly worked to fund raise, to provide students like me an opportunity. [Sobbing]
I’m sorry. Because of this support I currently hold a certified assistant nursing degree,
a radiography degree, practical nursing degree, and registered nurse degree; all from NWTC.
Because of my experience at NWTC, the support of instructors who tirelessly helped for me
to be able to achieve what it was that I want. I currently lead an organization called Helping
Hands Caregivers. My organization employs a hundred seventy-five individuals throughout
Northeast Wisconsin. We put in to create another two hundred positions over the course of the
next year and a half. I’d like for you to take a moment to think about where my employees
would be if someone had not taken the time, such as they did with myself. It’s with great
pleasure that I welcome you to the family of the NWTC alumni. As you heard from my story,
the investment of a couple scholarships has created a hundred and seventy-five jobs to
the local area. So please, graduates, take this opportunity, and other opportunities
that might arise, to join me and the alumni association in our efforts to continue fund
raising and to provide students with the much needed scholarships. Thank you for your attention.
And once again, congratulations class of 2011. This is your night.